DIY Fabric Pinboard

It’s no secret that closet space is a rare commodity in San Francisco. I’m always envious of my girlfriends who have beautifully organized, spacious closets. I’m a bit OCD about organization, so I’ve had to be creative in many ways. My husband says that the nesting phase women go through during pregnancy has never left me, ha! I think it’s just part of growing up and running a household to the best of my abilities, which we all do at some point in our lives. Mike just likes to laugh at my over-the-top moments, such as alphabetizing the spices or canned goods! I get carried away sometimes. Moving on…accessories make your outfits, so it’s important to be able to see what you have. I’ve been wanting to make a supersize DIY fabric pinboard for my room, so I finally tackled this project. I’ve seen many smaller pinboards but not many supersize ones, and the retail large pinboards are way too expensive! Personally, I think it would be perfect in a large closet, but I made it work as a piece of art/display in my bedroom because I don’t have the space in my closet. The key is to keep everything else clean and uncluttered.


1. Instead of trying to buy expensive cork board, purchase sound board which is around $12 for a sheet that is 4ft x 8ft. You can find it at your local hardware store or any major chain like Home Depot. Ask them to cut the board to your desired size. Sound board is sturdy and perfect with any type of pushpin. My board was 4ft x 5ft and had to be tied to the top of my car, so consider the size of your trunk. I kept the small piece of sound board leftover that I may use in the kids room or future playroom to display artwork, etc. As always, the hardware store is a fun adventure for the kids. They LOVED the fork lifts, loud machines, and my son yelled with excitement.

Tools you need:

  • Staple gun with staples
  • drill
  • #10 screws or any comparable decorative screws ( I used 6 total)
  • Measuring tape/pencil


2. The fun part is picking your fabric. Keep in mind that your accessories are the statement pieces. You don’t want a competing pattern because it will be too busy. If you do a trendy ikat or chevron pattern, which would be cute, I recommend using a subtle color. I went with a textured teal upholstery fabric from Joann’s. Lay your fabric down and place the sound board on top. Pull the fabric tightly as you staple along the back.


3. The corners are tricky, but I folded them as pictured above, pulled the fabric up, and stapled tight. You can’t see the back, so don’t stress about the staples looking perfect. Once you’ve completed stapling the fabric, you can hang the board. If your DIY fabric pinboard is large, such as mine, it’s helpful to have three people, otherwise two people can tackle hanging a smaller pinboard. To hang the board I used #10 screws. I measured 1″ in and 1″ down from the corners, using a pencil to mark the spot. My board was large so I needed to use a screw in the middle of both vertical sides for further support. In total, I used 6 screws.


4. This is the final product. It cost me about $60 to complete. I love that it’s big enough to include my hats. It has honestly made getting styled easier and more fun. Also, make it personal! I have the hair accessory I wore in my wedding pinned up to remind me of that magical day. You could also include some favorite family pics, or inspirational style images. I have a few ideas pinned for a children’s playroom. The pinboard would also be cool framed out, with a ribbon pattern, or a nail head trim (which I may do, and will post pics). Regardless if you have a small or large closet, a pinboard definitely comes in handy. I can already picture my girlfriends coming over to get ready for a ladies night and delightfully picking from the display. Uh oh, this may require me to keep my accessories at best and plentiful!



  1. Carisa
    February 11, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    Looks amazing Kel! You could go into business with these! Can’t wait for you to help decorate my living room soon!:-)

  2. Carisa
    February 11, 2014 / 11:55 pm

    P.S. I’m looking forward to borrowing one of your accessories off your pinboard soon, lol!

    • Kelly
      February 12, 2014 / 12:25 am

      haha! Of course! Girls night soon 😉

  3. Denise
    February 12, 2014 / 4:47 am

    LOVE it!!!

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